CCIE Security Overview
Learn more about the benefits and requirements associated with achieving a CCIE Security certification. (5:42 min)
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Security (CCIE Security) program recognizes individuals who have the knowledge and skills to implement, maintain and support extensive Cisco Network Security Solutions using the latest industry best practices and technologies.
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.
Step One: CCIE Security Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.
Step Two: CCIE Security Lab Exam
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation. You must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. If you do not pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, you must retake the written exam before being allowed to attempt the lab exam again.
The following resources are suggested study materials.
- Connect with a CCIE Security Study Partner
- CCIE Security Preparation Tips
- Understanding Cisco IPS Interface Types and Modes
- CCIE Security Lab Equipment and Software
- A comprehensive list of study materials is also available.
Cisco Learning Network Resources
Get all your CCIE Security questions answered.
Learning Partner Content
- Partners: Log in for Partner Education Connection (PEC) curricula.
To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):
CCIE Security Written Exam
(350-018 CCIE Security)
The written exam is a two-hour, multiple choice test with 90-110 questions covering areas such as security protocols, operating systems, application protocols, security technologies, and Cisco security applications. All exam materials are provided and no outside reference materials are allowed.
- Learn more about the 350-018 CCIE Security exam
- Register for the exam
- Read current exam policies and requirements
CCIE Security Lab Exam
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation.